Do you have the time?
Read that as you choose, but we are all obsessed with time. 'Is that the time? I shouldn't be here, I should be.... .' Time forms a framework on which we structure and organise our lives, whether this is the family calendar hanging on the kitchen wall, or the chart of seasonal jobs to do on the farm or in the garden, or a bar chart programming a construction project, and if something upsets that programming, there is a tendency for rattles to be thrown from as missiles from the pram!
Perhaps a better question is 'Are you making the best use of your time?' That suggests we need to prioritise. You may be reading this at home before Sunday's service, or you may be reading it before the service starts, surely not during the sermon!?! I confess I'm writing this and I know Ian has emailed me, but he will have to wait for a reply, sorry, Ian!
What is our priority, the primary objective for our time? Surely this is to be with God, to spend time in his presence. In planning for tomorrow, we run the risk of overlooking today, and in particular, today's opportunity to spend time in His presence.
Psalm 118:24 (KJV) says 'This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.' I may be quoting slightly out of context, please forgive me, but it speaks to this message too.
'This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.'
This is the day that the Lord has made for us...to spend with Him!
How fickle we are that one moment we can be in deep and reverent conversation with God and the next we are completely distracted by a knock at the door, a ping from a phone, or a butt from an impatient and hungry ewe. Like an adoring parent, He wants to simply spend time with us in our everyday, every day. time with us in our everyday, every day. Most especially when we are troubled and distressed, yes, but also absolutely in the mundane routine of our lives.
I'm sure there are many 'black belt Christians' amongst us for whom frequently taking time to be with God comes so naturally, but for comparative novices like me, I'm afraid it takes effort and discipline. Perhaps one day it will come naturally to me as second nature, to recognise that He is walking beside me, and whatever the dilemma, He has an opinion worth asking.
Take your time, why? Take His time. He is offering each of us an eternity, why wait, now is the time, His time.